Robin Williams, the brilliantly talented comedian and actor, was found dead in his California home on August 11, the victim of an apparent suicide. However, the media also reviewed his long history of drug and alcohol abuse. That began during his early days of television stardom.
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Armand Goldman is the openly gay owner of a drag club in South Beach called The Birdcage; his life partner Albert, an effeminate and flamboyant man, plays "Starina", the star attraction of the club. They live together in an apartment above The Birdcage with Agador, their flamboyant Guatemalan housekeeper who dreams of being in Albert's drag show as well. One day, Armand's son Val born after Armand had a one-night stand with a woman named Katherine comes home to visit and announces that he has been seeing a young woman named Barbara, whom he intends to marry.
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He plays Nolan Mack, a mid-ranking employee at a poky provincial bank, who has been content to drift through his 60 years without asking for much, or fighting for anything at all. No one at the bank knows. His boss would certainly not approve.
His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most. Williams' death by suicide this week was no doubt more cutting for many in the LGBT community because of the support he'd shown for them and theirsdecades before many of their own family and friends would do the same. But it should also strike a chord for the intense relevance that the newly-revived national conversation around depression and suicide has for so many LGBT youth.
Inthere wasn't a single state in America in which it was legal for gay people to marry. In fact, the majority of states had bans on gay marriage written into their constitutions. So a comedy film about a gay couple who are not just the stars but its most sympathetic characters was not a slam-dunk for Hollywood.
The married father-of-two has opened up about gay rumours in a new interview. It was rumoured for years that Robbie Williams was gay, but the singer has always insisted he is straight. The year-old star has now admitted he does have crushes on guys, but could never have a sexual relationship with a man because he doesn't even find his own penis attractive. You know I have crushes.
The Seth MacFarlane comedy sequel involves the title teddy bear fighting for his rights to be considered an actual living person and not would-be property amid his quest to legalize his marriage. And by virtue of their intended audience, it was often crude popcorn entertainments like Ted 2 that are far more valuable as educational tools as opposed to their highbrow and arguably superior peers. Audiences of all persuasions went to see a Julia Roberts romantic comedy, but the charmingly hilarious supporting character, who just happened to be gay, stole the show.